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Pat Robertson generalizes (safely) for 2010

Opting for vagueness of prediction, perhaps in hope of avoiding further failed forecasts, Pat Robertson this year told the 700 Club merely that in 2010 the U.S. is under a cloud of divine wrath and will eventually go bankrupt.

Reasons for God’s wrath are as usual wonderfully coherent with Robertson’s long-standing condemnation of homosexual rights, abortion and the like and failed calls for Bible reading and prayer in the public schools. None of which alters the outcome what he says God predicted for past years.

For example:

  • 2008: Worldwide violence and American recession
  • 2007: A terrorist attack on U.S. cities that would kill “possibly millions of people.”
  • 1996: Election to the presidency of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.).
  • 1982 and 1992: Russian invasion of Israel.
  • 1985: Worldwide economic collapse.
  • Late 1976: Doomsday in 1982.

Thanks, Pat.


January 5, 2010 Posted by | Politics | , | Comments Off on Pat Robertson generalizes (safely) for 2010

Episcopal news publications migrate toward digital

Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. writes that the Episcopal Church is making a major transition from a print-primary presence to publishing primarily through electronic media:

In part, this shift recognizes the financial and ecological burdens of producing a monthly newspaper that is mailed to subscribers. In part, this shift recognizes what is happening all around us, as information sharing becomes far more rapid and immediate than the capabilities of print media.

. . .

Former printing partners (dioceses or congregations) now have the ability to tailor their publication to a far greater degree than the old system allowed. A new quarterly print publication will offer more opportunity for reflection and in-depth conversation than is possible in a daily or even monthly publication.

Lynette Wilson, who was a staff writer for Episcopal Life, has been promoted to editor/writer of The Episcopal Church’s new quarterly publication, which debuts this year.

Final decisions are being made diocese by diocese. For example:

  • The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky has transitioned from a monthly newspaper to an “E-newsletter and a new quarterly magazine” and “is considering other media resources that make communications instantaneous and available 24/7 such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and podcasting to determine which of these may best help the diocese and its churches tell our stories.”
  • Episcopal Diocese of Chicago has transitioned from a bimonthly to a quarterly publication complemented by an e-newsletter and other resources.
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts has a twice yearly print publication, a monthly e-newsletter and a monthly bulletin for clergy and parish and diocesan leaders
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan has eliminated print publication of The Record altogether in favor of an email publication called The Record Weekly, complemented by the Web site.

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Religion, WWW | , , | Comments Off on Episcopal news publications migrate toward digital

Satire break: Learning to speak ‘teabag’

Warning: Sense of humor required. No. Some folks don’t think this is funny:

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Joni Mitchell sings of the Magdalene Laundries

Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, run by the Catholic Church, where women worked in slave-like conditions. The plight of those women was brought to wide attention in 1993 by the discovery of a mass grave of 155 unidentified women on land that the Good Shepherd nuns from High Park Convent had sold to a developer.

There were more than a dozen “laundries,” where women were subjected to extraordinary abuse. The last one closed on September 25, 1996 and the living survivors are scarred and seeking a measure of belated justice.

Columnist Sharon Owens wrote last week for the Belfast Telegraph:

At Christmas time I sometimes hanker after Midnight Mass, but the hankering diminishes when I think of the 155 nameless ‘Maggies’ of Drumcondra in Dublin whose bones were cremated to make way for a property sale.

That’s the reality of the Catholic Church. Never mind the Virgin Mary and her precious boy child. When they finally tell us the identities of the 155 ‘Maggies’ who were taken from that unmarked grave in Drumcondra and reduced to ashes, I may reconsider my position.

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Catholic | | Comments Off on Joni Mitchell sings of the Magdalene Laundries

Clerical support for N.J. same-sex marriage act

Rev. Joseph Harmon, pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Jersey City, one of the “120 clergy from 19 different faith groups” urging action on the New Jersey same-sex marriage bill, told the New York Times:

It’s not about religion. People who won’t want to do it for religion reasons don’t have to.

Meanwhile under separate cover, the issue goes to court (possibly televised) in California.

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Law, Politics, Religion | | Comments Off on Clerical support for N.J. same-sex marriage act

Another way to deal with trolls

An interesting troll “solution:” Punish yourself with charity to others?

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Imagine the truly distant church-planting future

Just wait until advanced astronomy combines with interstellar travel to create xenobiological missionary opportunities. Wait. Imagine the Bible translation challenges. Just you wait.

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Science | , , | Comments Off on Imagine the truly distant church-planting future